Finally, a delicious creamy dip that’s dairy-free! This quick and easy chickpea dip comes together in 10 minutes with easy-to-find ingredients. Bring on the healthy, guilt-free snacks!
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I don’t know about you, but I find it so hard to resist dips like spinach and artichoke dip or queso and chips when it’s out at a family gathering. This is the perfect alternative to the store-bought dips which contain dairy and have so many artificial flavors and preservatives. It’s completely dairy-free but tastes so creamy. It’s sure to be a winner!
What’s the difference between chickpea dip and hummus?
Hummus has tahini (sesame seed paste) and chickpea dip does not. I couldn’t find tahini at my local supermarket so I made this instead. It’s so good I wanted to share the recipe!
Chickpeas vs. Garbanzo Beans
Chickpeas and garbanzo beans are two names for the same thing. ‘Chickpea‘ came into English from the French ‘pois chiche’ in the 17th century. ‘Garbanzo‘ came into English from the Spanish garbanzo. Generally speaking, garbanzo bean is more commonly used in American English than British English but the two are used interchangeably.
Tips for Making Chickpea Dip
Soak Your Own Chickpeas
Use chickpeas that you have soaked and cooked yourself. A can of chickpeas will work too but the dip won’t be as smooth. Cook them until they are really soft so get the smoothest possible dip.
Use Warm Chickpeas
If your chickpeas have been in the fridge, warm them up first so they blend better.
Use Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
The flavor and nutritional value of freshly squeezed lemon juice are far superior to the lemon juice squeezed out of a container. It’s often cheaper to buy a bag of lemons than it is to buy a container of lemon juice too.
Adjust the Seasoning
The recipe does not call for a lot of salt initially because some chickpeas are already seasoned. Canned chickpeas often have a higher sodium content than those you cook yourself at home. It’s important to taste the dip and adjust the seasoning as necessary.
- Garlic: You can replace the raw garlic with roasted garlic for a mellower, sweeter flavor.
- Chickpeas: Dried chickpeas work best but you can swap them out for a can of chickpeas if that’s what you have on hand. I tried this recipe with both and the chickpeas I cooked myself definitely came out smoother.
- Cumin: Swap the cumin for paprika for a more subtle flavor. Paprika , like cumin, looks really pretty sprinkled on top.
- Roasted red pepper: Roasted red pepper makes a delicious addition to this dip. Two tablespoons of finely chopped red pepper is a good amount I find but you can add more or less depending on your taste.
- Pine nuts; Pine nuts (also called piñón, pinoli, or pignoli) are delicious sprinkled over the top of this dip and also give a nice balance of texture by adding some crunch.
- Red chili flakes: If you want to give your creamy chickpea dip a little bit of a kick, add 1 teaspoon of red chili flakes while it’s in the food processor.
There was a really interesting study done on the effects of eating chickpeas before a meal. A group of women ate a cup (200g) of chickpeas before one meal and two slices of white bread before another. The study found that the women experienced a significant reduction in appetite, calorie intake, and blood sugar levels after the chickpea meal, compared to the white bread meal. This means that chickpea dip is a perfect appetizer to help maintain a healthy weight by eating less during your main meal.
Chickpea dip is delicious served with chopped raw vegetables such as bell peppers, carrot sticks, and broccoli. The sweetness from the peppers really compliments the creamy dip. Gluten-free crackers are another great option. The crackers pictured are Blue Diamond Almond Cracker Crisps. Mary’s Gone Crackers is another good brand of PCOS-friendly gluten-free crackers.
If you’re really going all out on the appetizer, chickpea dip is fabulous with Ultimate Buffalo Chicken Wings instead of garlic mayonnaise or ranch dressing (you can click on the link to get recipes for those too if you want them).
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Quick and Easy Chickpea Dip
- Food processor
- 1 cup warm cooked chickpeas (see notes)
- 4 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice about 2 lemons
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil plus extra to garnish
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 2-3 tbsp water
- Add the warm chickpeas, lemon juice, chopped garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper to a food processor. Blend on high until completely smooth. Add 2-3 tablespoons of water until it reaches the desired consistency.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. The dip may require more salt depending on your chickpeas or you may personally prefer more lemon juice or garlic.
- Spoon into a serving dish and make a swirl shape in the top with a spoon. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil into the swirl. Sprinkle with cumin. Serve with raw vegetables and gluten-free crackers.